Permit Center

If you are starting a project to build a house, install a furnace, or even remove a tree, this is the place to start. 

Help Topics & Permit Applications

Head to our Help Topics page to view and print handouts on some frequently asked planning and building questions.  If you are ready to begin the application process, permit application forms can be found here

Permit Counter Hours

The Planning & Building Permit Counter is open for permit submittals as well as planning questions and tree removal information Monday through Friday from 9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.  

We recommend making an appointment with a Planner or the Permit Coordinator prior to bringing in plans for a large submittal.

**The Planning and Building Department now accepts all major credit cards! A 3% fee applies on all debit/credit card payments.**

Permit Portal

A new service offered by the City of Lake Forest Park is a public permit portal. Homeowners and contractors can now submit an application for a residential plumbing or mechanical permits online.  The permit portal also offers the public a way to search for any open permit within the City of Lake Forest Park. To get started applying for a permit or to learn how to see current permits in your area click on the green Permit Portal icon. For more information on how to apply online visit our FAQ page.


You must call before 3:00 pm the day prior to your requested inspection date. Inspections called in after 3:00 pm will be scheduled for the following day. Specify whether you would like an am or pm inspection, provide your name and phone number, name of the owner of record, site address, and the type of inspection needed.

  • For all building, mechanical, plumbing, sewer, and stormwater inspections, call the permit line at 206-957-2835.
  • For tree permit inspections, call the City Arborist at 206-957-2804.
  • For sensitive area inspections, call the Assistant Planner at 206-957-2837.

Be prepared for the inspection: be sure to have the permit and approved plans available on site at time of inspection.